Losing weight, getting fit, and living a healthier life isn’t always easy. It can be a bumpy road where some days are up and the next day is down. In these roller coaster moments having a good support system can make all the difference in your success. Numerous studies have shown that surrounding yourself with a good support network may help to motivate you to greater weight loss as well as long term success.
There are a number of reasons why a support team is so crucial. According the Mayo Clinic, three reasons a support system is beneficial is because they provide emotional, practical, and inspiring motivation. Emotionally they can lift you up when you’re feeling down, practically they can help you by cooking you healthy meals or watching your kids while you work out, and they can also inspire and motivate you to go workout with them when you would much rather sit down and watch a movie.
Coach Morgan and Coach Sean work out together and support each other’s goals!
These are the reasons why a support system can be beneficial. However, it’s also important to make sure you have the right types of people on your sideline.
Here are some traits to look for when looking for a support system:
Find someone who is a positive support:
Hopefully, most of the people in your life will support your journey and join you in celebrating your victories; however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes our loved ones can be the opposite of support. Oftentimes it’s unintentional, such as a well-intentioned husband buying you chocolates or a neighbor bringing over her famous chocolate chip cookies. Other times unsupportive behaviors can be more intentional and in those times you want to be open and honest with them in how much their support means to you. Remind your loved ones that while you’re changing your lifestyle; you’re not changing your feelings for them. Give them specific ways to help you reach your goals and share your journey with them. If they are still unsupportive, be understanding but reach out to more people. You can try finding support in other friends, coworkers, extended family. Anyone who is positive and supporting you in your efforts.
Find someone who understands your goals:
If they understand what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it, then they can know how to be a better support to you. If they don’t understand or know your goals, explain it to them! Let them know what you are doing and why. This can help prevent unintended unsupportive behaviors, like a friend bringing treats or keeping you up too late resulting in another missed workout. If you let your loved ones know what you are doing they can then know how to help you, instead of hindering your progress.
Find someone who inspires you to do your best:
This follows closely with finding people who are supporting you. The only difference is this begins to help you intrinsically as well. When you know people believe in you and motivate you to do your best, it can help you begin to see yourself through their eyes and help you to better believe in yourself, especially during hard times. These are the people that are cheering you on when you are doing your best and pick you up when you fall.
Find someone who creates accountability:
This is the last point and particularly important point. One way you can find someone to keep you accountable is having a workout partner. Waking up early to workout can be hard, but if you know your friend is planning on meeting you at the gym you are much more likely to roll out of bed and join them. It’s also nice when you know you can quickly text a friend when that sugar craving hits and they can remind you the reasons you started your journey. Another benefit of finding someone who helps to keep you accountable on your weight loss journey is, often times that person has things they are struggling with that you can then help keep them accountable for in return. A win-win situation!
Now, if you don’t feel comfortable in getting people involved or feel you don’t have supportive people in your life there are other forms of support you can still find. A great way to do this is finding support on a social media platform. Follow uplifting and inspiring Instagram accounts or join a Facebook group (we have a GREAT one in the Transformation department!) I often encourage people to step out into their community more. Join a gym or fitness center and start attending fitness classes to find support there.
If you are on the Transformation program, know your coach is there to support you in every way they can, but having more people around you to uplift you, motivate, and inspire you can make the difference between conquering your goals or backsliding into an unhealthy lifestyle. If you are serious about getting healthy, try setting up a system to help you succeed!
This article was written by Coach Kristina.